Reader's View: ‘Robie, or not Robie?’ That truly is the question around the Valley

September 27, 2013 

There is no mistaking the excitement the annual Race to Robie Creek brings to the Foothills of Boise on the third Saturday of April each spring. But in recent months, there has been considerable confusion regarding a new running event in the area — scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, and calling itself “Double Robie”— which has created implied affiliations with the Race to Robie Creek.

This past spring, the Race to Robie Creek followed a Shakespearean theme highlighting the question, “Robie, or Not Robie?”

The Rocky Canyon Sailtoads (long-time organizers of the Race to Robie Creek) would like to go on record to say that this new race is “Not Robie!” It is not affiliated in any way with the Race to Robie Creek, or the Rocky Canyon Sailtoads.

Unfortunately, to date, all efforts to get the new race’s organizers to respect our trademark and change their name have been rebuffed.

For the Boise community, the annual Race to Robie Creek has become a rite of spring, and over the past four decades, the Rocky Canyon Sailtoads have been proud to sponsor what many have described as the “toughest half-marathon in the Northwest.”

The Rocky Canyon Sailtoads is a 100 percent volunteer committee that receives no compensation and is organized as an IRS 501 (c)(3) charity.

As a non-profit, the Race to Robie Creek relies on the help of generous local sponsors and hundreds of volunteers each year. Since 1979, we have organized the Race to Robie Creek each spring to have fun and support the Boise running community.

Over the past 10 years alone, the Rocky Canyon Sailtoads have donated more than $500,000 to charities around the Treasure Valley, across Idaho, and even to third world countries.

We strongly support the growth of running events in the community, especially those that highlight the wonder of the Boise Foothills, and particularly those that serve charitable purposes.

However, we are concerned about the confusion that this new race has fostered by referencing our race’s name and using promotional material affiliated with our race.

The real Race to Robie Creek will continue to be organized and hosted by the Rocky Canyon Sailtoads on the third Saturday of April each spring. As always, we will cheer, prod, sing, cajole, laugh and help 2,500 participants up and over Aldape Summit and on to Robie Creek park, in the “toughest half-marathon in the Northwest.”

Starting at high noon, the 37th running of the Race to Robie Creek will be held April 19, 2014. Mark your calendars now, and don’t be fooled by “Not Robie!”

Monica Rencher is the race director 2013 for Race to Robie Creek.

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